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Posted by Tyler on October 28, 2013 in Album reviews · 24 Comments

Merchants, Dealers & Slaves

Artiste – Brymo

Producer – Mikky Me

Features – David

Running Time: 31:59

Chocolate City’s runaway vocalist – Brymo has unleashed his third studio album christened ‘Merchants, Dealers & Slaves’; battling for the future of his career as an artiste. The ‘Son of a Kapenta’ is in prime “fighting” form, singing for his life and delivering an emotional, mysterious and poetic masterpiece that will stand the test of time. An art bound to take you to a safe haven; Mr. Olawale outdid himself as he collaborated with ‘Mikky Me’ to produce the album of the year (when compared to the shallow releases 2013 has witnessed).

If we say M, D & S can be matched to Asa’s debut album or likened to something you will stumble on in Fela’s discography; we are not exaggerating… Equipped with his heart and voice, Brymo complexly wows and amazes. Digest our track-to-track review and know which song moves best:

  1. Truthfully: The third constituent of his ill-fated second LP ‘Son of a Kapenta’ proclaimed Olawale a lover and he is; Brymo sings from the heart about love on the opening cut ‘Truthfully’. Stronger and more emotive  than any piece on her predecessor; Brymo employs his gritty voice as he let out lyrics, “Truthfully, honestly/I no fit see you/ if I no see me/you be like my blueprint/there is no plan without you/there is something about you, truthfully’ on the chorus.

  2. Money Ft. David: “You dey think about boobie/she dey think about your puurse”; love does not pay the bills so Brymo is still a dealer. Accompanied by seasoned guitarist ‘David’ who is to be blamed for the enchanting guitar rifs heard on the rich instrumentation of ‘Money’, Ashimi wows with his vocals and arguably births the LP’s brightest moment.

  3. Dear Titilope: The third number ushers in ‘Merchants, Dealers & Slaves’ greatest strengths as Brymo leaves his ‘crush’ named ‘Titilope’ as he moves to ‘Eko’(Lagos) for the fame and fortune she has to offer.

  4. Eko: We do not want to be in Titilope’s shoes nonetheless ‘Eko’ will stir deep emotions. The message is very relatable; the excellent instrumentation orchestrated by Mikky Me… ‘Eko’ is one helluva song. It has ‘timeless’ written all over!

  5. Grand Pa: GrandPa is a rolling stone because he is getting older? Heavily influenced by afrobeats just like majority of the body of work, Brymo complains about his father’s father ever rising care-free attitude.

  6. Down: ‘Down’ is a poetic and stunning piece. “Them say the chief/ him dey sleep with the thief wife/aboki for corner e sleep with the chief wife/ the neighbour daughter carry belle for the thief child”; the stellar cut which serves as the album lead single addresses the ills, chain reaction and rollercoaster of happenings in the town, or should I say society.

  7. Cheap Wine: The 3:20 tracks starts with mesmerizing strings and can be described as a song inspired by the saying; “there are better days ahead”. Preaching hope and perseverance, Brymo is sure and hopes you join him to have fun, dance, drink ‘Cheap Wine’ and dream on.

  8. Purple Jar: The unfaithful ways of the singers led to heartbreak and love lost arises on ‘Purple Jar’. With lyrics carrying heavy undertones, Brymo haunts with this song.

  9. Everyone Gets to Die: On an amazing reggae influenced instrumentation, Brymo sings about the growing inequality between rich and poor as he says ‘Everyone Gets To Die’.

  10. Se Bo’timo:  Sung entirely in his native dialect ‘Yoruba’, Brymo teases memory of Asa on ‘Se Bo’ Timo; which means “Cut your coat according to your size”. The tenth track is the soul centre of the album and talks about staying true to oneself because tongues will always wag; prioritize and be clear about your purpose.

  11. M, D & S: Strangely short, the LP closes with the guitar driven title track. Poetic in every form, Brymo classifies people in three categories.

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Reviewed by  Ogaga Sakpaide [ @Ogagus ]

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  1. Wats d rate

  2. God make brymo bigger,my ratin 9/10

  3. Nice

  4. Fank God we stil gat people who av message 2 pass on 2 d listeners…unlyk most mainstream faggots who r alwayz singin abt b!Tchez,swag n‘ money,sh!T is corny…fank u Brymo

  5. People that give out award,shey they don't listen to good music they give out nomination,award to noisy songs with any message BRYMO god bless you!!!!

  6. Brymo am real die hard fanz of u…..thumbs up

  7. Drop link to album

  8. Am usually very critical about nigerian music, but wen i heard half of mds i was speechless, brymo is a world-class artiste….. He shd pls settle wit choc-city, we don’t want this gud music to stop

  9. An ICON with ever green songs. Nothing will hold Brymo down. Son of A Carpenter. Oluwa is with u.

  10. Grand Pa is about Nigeria. The grandfather is Nigeria. You should have caught that

  11. Brymo’s MDS is one of my albums of the year followed by ex choc city jesse jagz’s jagnation is u love music brymo is a no brainer

  12. World class artiste…brymo is just good…for me,he is intellectually and musically talented…he spits on the mic like he owns it…thumbs up brymo…u rock

  13. A very talented artiste.. One of a kind.. It was lovely working with him!

  14. CEO of deworld dreams recods I love brymo songs de are all good

  15. Love this guy. So original!!! Very rare nowadays…

  16. Is it possible to fall in love with a person just by listening to him sing his soul out? and that smile…yes!!!<3

  17. I love his songs grandpa reminds of fela…his videos are out of this world…av rediscovered my hope for 9ja music…thank you brymo

  18. l belif brymo is destine for grtness

  19. The track “GRANDPA” is actually about our beloved country NIGERIA. Listen to it well people

    You missed a couple of others too but its ok lol

  20. My grandpa reminds me partly of my mum, I love brymo

  21. BrymO is a talent, gifted kip doin wat u do best

  22. Brymo this is Extremely Nice. God bless you, ur new manager and that concerns you. Kip it up brov’….

  23. he z talented

  24. Brymo is ahead of point!

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